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Hot off the Press - our National Performance Review is out now!  There's still time to nominate colleagues for a Stormwater award and to book a stand at our conference in Tauranga.  If you missed our latest webinar with Taumata Arowai, you can click on the link in this newsletter to catch up.  Have a happy April Fool's Day and a safe Easter break. 

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Latest Updates

2019/2020 National Performance Review is now available

The National Performance Review (NPR) collates and compares water, wastewater and stormwater service provision across Aotearoa New Zealand. Its principal purpose is to equip service providers and their stakeholders with accessible and comparable data to identify improvement opportunities. National trends in drinking water, wastewater and stormwater are summarised in this report. 

View National Performance Review 

Webinar - Taumata Arowai update

Taumata Arowai has been making significant progress towards becoming a fully functioning regulatory authority. This recent webinar was hosted by Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe, who spoke with Taumata Arowai head of regulatory, Ray McMillan and senior advisor brand and channels, Sarah Peacock.

If you missed it, you can catch up with the latest developments here.

Register now for the Drinking Water 101 – digital badge

6 Apr - 7 May

This is a fully online course designed to give you a basic understanding of drinking water and all the people and processes involved prior to it reaching your tap. It's a great introduction to drinking water and recommended for anyone working within the sector in any capacity.

Go here to find out more

New digital badge – Turning Wastewater into Beer 101

Water New Zealand is planning to offer a new two-day training course on turning wastewater into beer.

The new course will be led by our technical manager, Noel Roberts, who says this is becoming an increasingly popular way of recycling wastewater internationally and something New Zealand needs to catch up with.

Noel has significant beer making experience and says the training module will cover the steps and processes around mashing, boiling, fermentation, carbonation as well as purification, ultra-filtration, and reverse osmosis.

Click here to find out more

Water New Zealand Conference & Expo 

Expressions of Interest close Friday, 23 April 

Do you have insights, innovations and findings that can help water professionals succeed? We are accepting expressions of interest for Keynote Speakers, Workshops and Thought Leadership stream speakers.

Find out more

Earlybird and Group Registrations open Wednesday, 9 June

Save the date in your calendar to take advantage of the earlybird discount and group registration packages and then you won't miss out on attending the largest water conference in New Zealand.  

Find out more


FREE WEBINAR: Detect, Correct, Protect: Your 2021 water supply obligations solved, from source to endpoint.

Learn more HERE.

2021 Photo Competition now closed 

The Water New Zealand Photo Competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. Voting will open on Thursday, 15 April 2020 where the "People's Choice" will be selected by member and public votes. Voting will close on Friday, 30 April 2021 and the winner will be notified by Friday, 7 May 2021. The winner will receive a free registration for the Water New Zealand Annual Conference & Expo in 2021.

Keep a lookout in the next issue of Pipeline for more information.

The latest issue of Water available online 

Have you read the latest issue of Water? In this infrastructure-focused edition, we look at some of the do's and don'ts when working with community activists, opportunities to save carbon emissions at wastewater treatment plants, and an update on three waters reforms, plus lots more. 

View Online

Virtual Coffee Catch-up 

7 April | 10 AM

The next Water New Zealand virtual coffee catch-up will be on Wednesday the 7 April 2021 at 10:00 AM. They’re a great way for us to informally catch up with members and keep you up to date with the latest happenings. They’re also an opportunity for you to ask questions and tell us what you think.



Don't worry if you can't attend at the time, we will be recording each session. All recordings can be found on your Dashboard when you login to the Water New Zealand website. All you need to do is login, click on Dashboard and then on the right-hand side navigation bar click on Virtual Coffee Catch-ups. All past sessions recordings and slides will be available shortly after the live session date. 

Watch 3 March Session 

Industry News

Taumata Arowai goes live 

Taumata Arowai has launched its new website in the latest step towards becoming a new fully-functioning drinking water regulator. The new Crown entity will take over from the Ministry of Health as the regulator of drinking water for Aotearoa-New Zealand in the second half of 2021. 

View Website   


Skill-Up, 3 Waters Qualifications with Connexis

Govt's water reform engagement

The Department  of Internal Affairs has been meeting around the country with water industry members to talk about the proposed three waters reform programme.  The meetings began with a message from Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta who's leading the reform process and the information slides have now been posted on the department's website

Talking flood resilience across the UK and Aotearoa

Water New Zealand member Liam Foster recently co-hosted a podcast with CIWEM's (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) President Niki Roach on flood resilience across the UK and Aotearoa.

The podcast explored how slowing the flow and adopting the concept of Te Mana o te Wai through prioritising the health of the waterways are being used to improve our resilience to climate change and flooding events in both countries.

Click here to listen to the podcast

New poo first for Wellington City Council: A sewerage poem

The Wellington City Council gets a lot of correspondence about sewerage. But one recent missive stood out from the rest of the letters in the mail sack. It was a handwritten note from an Island Bay pre-schooler.

Source: stuff.co.nz

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World Water Day 

The theme of this year's World Water Day (22 March) was around valuing water. In a recent blog to mark the day, Water New Zealand’s chief executive, Gillian Blythe said that it was particularly pertinent here in Aotearoa as we come to grips with Te Mana o te Wai and the need to uphold the mauri of the water.

Click on our website to read the details.

Protecting our most precious asset - Gillian Blythe talks to Builders and Contractors  

In a recent interview with Builders and Contractors magazine, Water New Zealand chief executive Gillian Blythe spoke of the need to ensure our drinking water is safe, our wastewater is put back into the environment in a healthy state and our stormwater systems are resilient. She also spoke of how we need more workforce development and to attract more people to the sector.

Read full article  

Apprenticeship Boost extension - everything you need to know

Through Apprenticeship Boost, employers can access a subsidy of $1000 per month for first year apprentices and $500 per month for second year apprentices

Source: infrastructurenews.co.nz

Read more 

E-Volunteer - Provincial Water Sector Advisor

Utilise your water engineering skills to help in Vanuatu from right here in Aotearoa!

This assignment is a result of a partnership between Engineers Without Borders New Zealand (EWBNZ) and Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) and is a 3-month part-time e-volunteering opportunity working from home.

Find out more about this opportunity.

New WIPA Course

Another course added to the Water Industry Professional Association 

To find out more, head over to www.wipa.co.nz. If you haven't applied to join WIPA yet or need any further information email us at info@wipa.co.nz

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Upcoming Events

Awards submission date extended

We are pleased to announce that the submission date for the 2021 Stormwater Awards nominations has now been extended. Please ensure your submission(s) for this year's awards are received by 4 pm Friday, 16 April 2021. 

The awards available include:
- Stantec Stormwater Professional of the year
- Beca Young Stormwater Professional of the year
- Water New Zealand Paper of the year
- WSP Innovation Showcase Award

Click here for more information on award nominations

Book a Stand at the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021

Looking to promote your business at Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021? Then exhibiting could be for you. There will be 500+ delegates at this event so this is a fantastic way to boost your business and make valuable connections!

There are only a limited number of stands available for the Stormwater Conference & Expo 2021, so don't miss out!

Click here to book your stand today


The ideal environment starts with yours. Hiring Planning and Environmental Consultants. 

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Better Business Cases 

7 & 8 April | Wellington 

Training with IPWEA NZ - A well-written business case can affect a project's success. Register now for our Better Business Cases (BBC) course in Wellington on 7 & 8 April. The BBC approach is extensively used across NZ and will teach you a range of tools from the "5 case model", including strategic, economic, commercial, financial and management perspectives.

Register Now

Waters Asset Data Standards Workshop + Networking Event

13 April | Online and In-person

The Smart Water Infrastructure Group (SWIG) have organised a workshop on the Code of Practice for 3 Waters Asset Data (CoP) which defines a minimum standard of data that is needed in regards to the asset management of 3 waters underground assets: pipes, valves, chambers, etc. Through a local council case study, we will explore how these data standards could be of value throughout New Zealand.

This workshop will be hosted in-person and broadcast across 4 locations, providing valuable networking opportunities, as well as online. 
Register at your nearest location below:  

If you are unable to make the event in-person then please click on the location nearest to you and then click on the 'top' registration button to attend online. 
Please contact Katrina Guy if you have any issues.

Stormwater Model Presentation 

15 Apr | Auckland 

A great opportunity to come and join GHD, Engineering New Zealand and Water New Zealand to listen to Dr Emily Lane of NIWA talk about the 5-year programme to develop a nationally consistent flood hazard and risk model for current and future climates.

Register Now 

Carbon in Practice - The Anglian Water Journey 

22 Apr | Online 

David Riley, Head of Carbon Neutrality at Anglian Water Services, is the guest speaker for the next Climate Change Groups webinar.

Find out more 

On-Site Wastewater Management Systems Workshop

3 May | Palmerston North

The New Zealand Land Treatment Collective, in collaboration with Water New Zealand, are pleased to present an Onsite Wastewater Workshop on Palmerston North on 3 May 2021 ahead of its conference (see more below). Come join the all-day workshop for On-site Wastewater Management (OWMS) to determine what are the OWMS issues in New Zealand. Specialists from each industry sector have been invited to make 15-minute presentations focused on core OWMS issues.

To register for the workshop see NZLTC conference below.  

Find out more 

New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference & Workshop

4 - 6 May | Palmerston North

2021 edition of the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective Conference will be held at Hotel Coachman, Palmerston North starting on the 4th of May. It's a 3-day event on improving outcomes for land treatment. 

Find out more

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Job Vacancies

Maintenance & Works Planner (Water Services)

Waipā District Council 

We are looking to recruit for our new Maintenance & Works Planner. Reporting to the Network Engineer (Water Services), this role will take overall responsibility for planning, scheduling and closing-out maintenance activities in accordance with Asset Management Plans and actions stemming from customer requests and reactive activities. Applications close at midnight tonight

Apply Now

Senior Stormwater Planning Engineer

Waipā District Council 

We're on the lookout for a stormwater guru for our fun and friendly Water Services team - come and join us!

Apply Now 

Infrastructure Engineer - Transport 

Hamilton City Council 

We have a rare opportunity to join a dedicated team of engineers, focussing on the transport discipline on a permanent, full time basis.

Apply Now

Water Treatment Technician

Timaru District Council

Timaru District Council is on the lookout for a Water Treatment Technician to join our Water Treatment team at the Claremont Reservoir.

Apply Now 

3 Waters Project Delivery Manager 

We are looking for a Project Delivery Manager to join our 3 Waters team. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and skilled project and people manager.

Apply Now 

3 Waters Programme Manager 

We believe the way we do things really does make a difference in the lives of those who live in our communities and as 3 Waters Programme Manager you'll play a significant part in this by shaping the future of our district.

Apply Now 

Renewals and Planning Engineer 

Project Max

This is a new role within the organisation so you'll have a real opportunity to make your mark and add value.

Apply Now 

Engineer - Mechanical and Civil

Antarctica New Zealand

The Engineering team is responsible for the safe and effective management of all Scott Base facilities, infrastructure and assets, as well as delivery of the Scott Base Redevelopment project.

Apply Now 

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